The war in Vietnam was not a war to protect our freedoms, it was an exercise created by the CIA.  The arrest and assassination of the president of South Vietnam marked the culmination of a successful CIA-backed coup d’état led by General Dương Văn Min in November 1963.

A second, less well-publicized reason for war is due to the military’s need to train the next generation of soldiers.   North Vietnam was a country of rice farmers with a pitifully small economy.  The military believes that a war is required ever fifteen years in order to train officers and test new weapons systems.  (The Korean War ended in 1953).  The entire war was a CIA created event.   Did you, did anyone, actually believe the country of North Vietnam could spread communism to other countries when the economy was based on rice farming.

The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution gave U.S. President Johnson authorization, without a formal declaration of war by Congress, for the use of conventional military force in Southeast Asia.  Specifically, the resolution authorized the President to do whatever necessary in order to assist any member or protocol state of the Southeast Asia Collective Defense Treaty.  That included involving armed forces.

It was all based on a supposed attack on the USS Maddox by three North Vietnamese Navy torpedo boats.  Our military swore we were not conducting any operations in the area and so the attack was unprovoked.”

Which was a lie.  Total, unadulterated bullshit.  Two days later the Maddox and the destroyer Turner Joy both reported to be under attack again.  More bullshit.  It’s not simply that there was a different story as to what happened; it’s that no attack happened that night.

In truth, Hanoi’s navy was engaged in nothing more that night but the salvage of two of the boats damaged on August 2.   In 1965, President Johnson personally said, ‘For all I know, our Navy was shooting at whales out there.’

McNamara swore before the Senate that the Maddox had been carrying out a routine mission of the type we carry out all over the world at all times.  What he didn’t say was that other U.S. ships in the area were part of Operation Plan 34A: clandestine attacks on North Vietnamese installations without a formal declaration of war.

Westmorland and the joint chiefs were blood thirsty.  They had new weapons developed after WWII and Korea.  They wanted to test the men to develop leaders for the next generation.  The CIA was programmed to stop Communism before it became a real threat…when in fact it never was a threat.

They orchestrated the war like it was a fuckin’ chess game.  Fifty-four thousand dead and they were still playin’ with the death toll right to the bitter end

The CIA justifies its existence by creating coups de etads.  The agency rationalizes that the current leadership in a target country is not friendly or beneficial to U.S. interests, then drums up local support which necessitate the U.S. military to intercede.

Vietnam was just the flavor of the month.  I could, if asked, enumerate the two dozen coups de etad the C.I.A. fomented in African from 1960 to 1975.

Had it not been for Jane Fonda the war might have gone on for years longer, causing tens of thousands more dead U.S. soldiers.

I would bestow the Medal of Freedom on her if I was empowered to do so.


58,148 were killed in Vietnam, 75,000 were severely disabled, 23,214 were 100% disabled, 5,283 lost limbs, 1,081 sustained multiple amputations

Of those killed, 61% were younger than 21, 11,465 of those killed were younger than 20 years old, of those killed, 17,539 were married, average age of men killed was 23.1 years, five men killed in Vietnam were only 16 years old, and the oldest man killed was 62 years old

As of January 15, 2004, there are 1,875 Americans still unaccounted for from the Vietnam War

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